Subject Intent:

  • Objectives are taken from the national curriculum for History.
  • We are following a knowledge led curriculum in History.
  • SEND and PP learn the objectives from the national curriculum which have been adapted to their strengths. It is challenging for all pupils.
  • We have split the objectives so that they are revisited and built upon: The tram crash in Collyhurst in Year 1, How Manchester has changed over the last 100 years in Year 3 and the history of Collyhurst in Year 5 all support a local history study. Teachers will meet to understand what the children have learnt in previous year groups.
  • Knowledge organisers have been created for the current topic and they will be shared with other class teachers.
  • Knowledge organisers are used as an end point and are assessed using quizzes etc.
  • The curriculum has been sequenced in order for children to build upon prior learning: experiences involve museums in Manchester that look at the history of Manchester: Year 1 visit the Transport museum and Year 3 visit Manchester to look at how building have changed.
  • History is taught once a term for a period of 6 – 8 weeks which corresponds to 6-8 hours.
  • In history, we build upon pupil’s historical knowledge from Nursery to Year 6. In EYFS they look at pictures from the past, in KS1 they look pictures and documents from the past. In KS2, they look at a range of sources to compare and contrast different periods of time.
  • Each class has a selection of high quality reading books linked to their topics.
  • Children have many different experiences in History including studies of the local and surrounding area, visits to the museums in Manchester and experiences from visitors into school which will make them ready for the next stage of their education.


  • History is taught weekly or fortnightly for the equivalent of 1 hours per week. 
  • Our History curriculum ensures all pupils can access the objectives from the National Curriculum. Teachers use mixed ability pairings or ability groups to support and extend the pupils. Vocabulary will be written on the working wall and included in knowledge organisers which will support all children. Speech and language resources and those recommended by the EP for specific children, such as task boards and visuals, will be used in within lessons.  
  • Teachers use knowledge organisers to outline the knowledge (including vocabulary) all the children must master. Knowledge organisers are also taken home and published on the class page on our website. 


  • Our curriculum demonstrates progression and the children's knowledge and understanding is closely monitored.
  • Teachers assess the children's knowledge through low stake quizzes, discussions in the lessons and discussions with pupils about their learning.
  • The children's topic books are used to evidence the children's knowledge and understanding of key concepts, their ability to apply vocabulary, skills and a range of recording methods.  


 History Long Term Plan 2021-22.pdfDownload
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Here are some links to the free museums in Manchester: